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Pesticide Registration

Cost Estimates of Studies Required for Pesticide Registration

To register a pesticide for use in the United States the law requires manufacturers to provide EPA with data from studies on the pesticide’s potential impact on human health and the environment. The studies required for registration are listed in the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR Part 158) and requirements may be refined (and additional data may be required) in consultation with EPA during the registration process.

EPA maintains the following list of cost estimates of studies required to support a pesticide’s registration. EPA uses these estimates when determining whether a pesticide use meets the economic incentive portion of the definition of a minor use. The estimates were obtained by EPA from independent laboratories and are adjusted for inflation annually, although they may also change when the Agency has new information on the cost of tests that satisfy data requirements.  Although actual costs of studies may vary, the use of these cost estimates ensures the criteria for determining if a pesticide use meets the criteria for a minor use is applied consistently across all manufacturers. Learn more about pesticide minor uses.

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